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  • Home of mom and four boys destroyed by fire

  • The Versailles Volunteer Fire Department received a call at 5:23 a.m. Sunday, April 13, to a fire at home of Lili Waller, located at 19460 Inlet Road in Versailles. Firefighters arrived to find the house and the garage fully involved.
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  • The Versailles Volunteer Fire Department received a call at 5:23 a.m. Sunday, April 13, to a fire at home of Lili Waller, located at 19460 Inlet Road in Versailles. Firefighters arrived to find the house and the garage fully involved.
    "The house and the garage were already beginning to collapse when we arrived," said VVFD Fire Chief M.B. "Doc" Jones. "There was no one in the house at the time."
    Five units responded to the fire with three tankers, and one pumper and brush truck. The firemen left the scene at approximately 7:30 a.m. A house and garage were a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The fire is suspected to have been started in the middle of the house.
    Lili Waller and her four sons; Isaac 14, Dallas 12, Isaiah 9 and Sammie 4 lived in the home. Two grown daughters Lindsey, 23, and Gracie, 20, have their own home.  
    Thankfully, at the time of the fire, the three older boys were visiting their father for the weekend. Lili and Sammie had spent the evening having dinner with friends. Lili fell asleep listening to music by the Lake, not planning to stay overnight. She answered an early morning phone call from her neighbor screaming, "Where are you? Your house is on fire! Where are the boys?" Lili explained they were with their dad and she was visiting a friend. Her friends, seeing how upset she was took her keys and drove her to the house.
    When she arrived she could not get to her house due to all the fire apparatus. "I parked my car and ran through the woods. I got there about 6 a.m., just as the sun was coming up. The morning light was breaking through behind me and the red glow of the fire was in front of me. When I saw that my home, all that was left was smoke and ashes, I couldn't stand. I dropped to my knees crying," Lili said.
    "We lost all our pictures, all their childhood things, heirlooms from my mother," Lili said crying. "All my mother's writings, her books and even her oat meal cookie recipe in her handwriting. The boys were mostly upset because their pets, a bearded dragon, a gecko and a guinea pig burned in the fire."
    Luckily, two family dogs that were tied up next to the house were found unharmed.
    "We lost photographs, videos of kids growing up, homemade quilts, my sewing machine," Lili said listing irreplaceable things that were dear to her.
    "I know God will restore. We will rebuild with a clean slate. I am looking at this as a fresh start. I have to keep reminding myself of this and show others that God will turn everything around for my good. This is the ground that God works in best. My heart is full of love for Him and I trust Him. He will restore everything that needs to be restored and everything that has sentimental value he will restore with gentle memories that will turn into sweetness over time. In the end, any other baggage is just gone and not important. It hurts now, especially with the boys not having clothes or toys. Lily plans to let the boys sift through the rubble today.  
    Page 2 of 2 - The family had renters insurance and they have been moving around from house to house. The Salvation Army is putting them in a motel room tonight. She hopes they can find a three or four bedroom home to rent in the Versailles school district in Gravois Mills, Laurie or Sunrise Beach.
    Donations may be sent in care of Lili Waller, P.O. Box 1646, Laurie, MO 65038. Call 573-207-0225 for information.

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